Exploring the Bhagavad Gitā: Philosophy, Structure, and Meaning

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Religion - 160 pages
2 Reviews
This is potentially one of the most significant books to emerge in recent times on how to read the Gita, for it provides a clear way forward to make coherent sense of one of the most important yet methodologically interactable text of religious Hinduism. I found this book an illumining experience.-Julius Lipner FBA, Professor of Hinduism and the Comparative Study of Religion and Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, UK

A fascinating book which throws new light on the Gita, and should help to make it more accessible to those who wish to read this great spiritual classic.-Keith Ward FBA, Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus and Fellow of Christ Church College, University of Oxford, UK

Ithamar Theodor approaches the ancient Bhagavad Gita with a modern mind and finds much in it that deserves our attention. Locating his study within Comparative Theology and identifying the various layers of meaning in the text will help those unacquainted with it to find their way through this complex classic. Combining the philosophical-theoretical with the ethical-practical the author shows the universal relevance of the Gita's teaching. Since Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan nobody has offered as penetrating a study of this classic as Ithamar Theodor has done.-Klaus Klostermaier FRSC, Distinguished Professor of Hinduism and Religious Studies Emeritus, University of Manitoba, Canada

The Bhagavad Gita is a unique literary creation but deciphering its meaning and philosophy is not easy or simple. This careful study of the Bhagavad Gita approaches the ancient text with a modern mind and offers a unifying structure which is of a universal relevance. Combining the philosophical-theoretical with the ethical-practical, Ithamar Theodor locates his study within comparative theology and identifies the various layers of meaning. The full text of the Bhagavad Gita is presented in new translation, divided into sections, and accompanied by indepth commentary. This book makes the Bhagavad Gita accessible to a wide variety of readers, helping to make sense of this great spiritual classic which is one of the most important text of religious Hinduism.
  

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Contents

General Introduction
1
Setting the Scene
25
The Soul Dharma and Liberation
29
The Path of Enlightened Action Part I
41
The Supreme Persons Descent
49
The Path of Enlightened Action Part II
55
The Path of Classical Yoga
61
The Vision of the Supreme Part I
69
Stages of Devotion
99
The Vision of the Supreme in the Heart
103
The Three Gunas
111
The Journey from Bondage to Liberation
117
The Divine and the Demonic
121
The Manifestation of the Three Gunas in Human Life
125
Taking Refuge in Krsna Alone
129
Glossary
143

Quitting Ones Body the Ephemeral and Eternal Worlds
75
The Vision of the Supreme Part II
81
Arjunas Change of Heart and the Divine Manifestations
89
The Cosmic Revelation
93

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About the author (2010)

Ithamar Theodor is a graduate of the University of Oxford and a life member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. He has published a Bhagavad Gita translation and commentary in Israel in Modern Hebrew, and is currently working at the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Haifa, as well as the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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